Last night was interesting to say the least.
A friend and I had shown up about 30 minutes early to the 6pm show of Arizona International Film Fest, not sure what to expect and hoping to secure good seats to one of only two screenings of Love is Now in the United States. We had our tickets in hand and as we were perusing the walls of the “historic” and aptly named ‘The Screening Room’, the doors happen to open and none other than Jim Lounsbury himself comes strolling out. Immediately I smile (resisting the urge to completely geek out on a nuclear level) and after introductions and a few “I think I remember you from Twitter” mentions, and a “You’ve already seen the film?” and my shy reply of “Yes but don’t ask me how.”, he laughs and we take a few pics before he has to hurry off to finish preparing for the screening, leaving me in shock and a total state of excitement I didn’t think I could possibly achieve.
The film itself? Still as fantastic as the first three times I had seen it, only now in glorious HD and seeing Anna Torv up there where she belongs on the big screen fills you with a certain sense of pride.
After the film, the emotional journey that comes with it and a long series of well deserved applause, the Q&A commences in which Jim Lounsbury and Sam Eather are fielding questions left and right with nothing but totally honesty. Anna was briefly mentioned during one general question from the audience.
“When I was writing the script I needed a leading man that wasn’t your traditional leading man … Eamon just kept coming to mind … He was the first person I sent the script to … His agent, Trish, who was also really supportive in the film, she became a huge advocate. Trish liked the script and she also rep’ed Claire and Anna Torv so she kept pushing them towards us.” —JL
Finally it was my turn to get a few answers of my own…
On naming Anna Torv’s character Virginia Grey and the possible nod to AT’s role in The Pacific:
“[laughs] You know what? Maybe that’s my subconscious, because I’ve seen her in The Pacific … I don’t know. That wasn’t an easter egg … A really good actress friend of mine is Vanessa Grey and she helped us out with a lot of stuff and I think at the time we were doing that, I put down the name Grey, thinking of her.” -JL
On DVD release in the US and the deleted bathroom scene that had been capped during post-production, seen HERE
“I don’t know, is the answer, we will be releasing in the States, but as to what the special features will be on the US DVD, I don’t know yet … We actually did want to put some deleted scenes in, but because of the time turnaround for this and with what Universal was saying… I don’t know.” —JL
“…But I mean, most of the deleted scenes are actually Anna Torv scenes. There was a whole story there. But yeah, there just wasn’t time.” —SE
Ouch right? But who knows what the future has in store and maybe some day we can see those deleted scenes. (Hint, hint. Right, Jim?) In the mean time, if you’ve still yet to see Love is Now, treat yourself. You deserve it. The movie deserves it. Anna Torv deserves it.
Perhaps the best I can say is, the film is still amazing and made even better getting to meet these guys who were two of the most down to earth people I have ever met. And I sincerely appreciate their outward acceptance of this devoted little Torvette and their dedication to such a good film. Thanks for an evening I won’t soon forget, you guys.
You can listen to my full little Q&A session with the guys below or download the audio HERE